Indonesia prosecutors search dying for cleric accused of planning assaults from jail

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian prosecutors on Friday sought the dying penalty for radical Islamic cleric Aman Abdurrahman who’s on trial accused of masterminding a collection of assaults, together with a lethal 2016 gun and suicide bomb assault in Jakarta, from his jail cell.

Policemen guard Islamic cleric Aman Abdurrahman inside a courtroom in Jakarta, Indonesia Might 18, 2018 on this picture taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Galih Pradipta/through REUTERS

Abdurrahman is on trial for “planning and/or mobilizing others to hold out terrorist acts … to create an environment of terror among the many public”.

Prosecutor Anita Dewayani informed the court docket that beneath Indonesia’s anti-terrorism legal guidelines the defendant, if discovered responsible, ought to face the dying sentence.

“In view of the regulation, we demand the South Jakarta Court docket judges sentence the defendant who has been discovered legally and convincingly to have carried out terrorism,” mentioned Dewayani.

Islamic cleric Aman Abdurrahman is seen inside a courtroom in Jakarta, Indonesia Might 18, 2018 on this picture taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Galih Pradipta/through REUTERS

Prosecutors have linked him to an alleged plot for a “Paris-style assault” concentrating on foreigners, in addition to the January 2016 assaults by which eight individuals have been killed, together with 4 attackers, when suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the center of the Indonesian capital.

In addition they say he was behind a suicide assault final yr that killed three law enforcement officials at a Jakarta bus station and the bombing of a church in Samarinda on Borneo island that wounded 4 youngsters.

Islamic cleric Aman Abdurrahman is seen inside a courtroom in Jakarta, Indonesia Might 18, 2018 on this picture taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Galih Pradipta/through REUTERS

Abdurrahman’s lawyer mentioned in court docket on Friday that there was no proof to hyperlink the defendant to the assaults.

“He believed in establishing a caliphate, however he by no means proposed bombing,” mentioned lawyer Asrudin, including that his shopper had solely ever talked about finishing up jihad in Syria.

The cleric was re-arrested by police final yr after serving time in jail for establishing a militant coaching camp within the Indonesian province of Aceh.

Authorities imagine Abdurrahman is the ideological chief of Islamic State-linked Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a militant group on the planet’s most populous Muslim-majority nation that the US has designated as a terrorist group.

Police linked a collection of suicide bombings on church buildings and outdoors a police station in Surabaya this week to JAD.

In all, round 30 individuals have been killed within the assaults, together with 13 of the suspected suicide bombers.

Reporting by Jessica Damiana; Writing by Ed Davies; Modifying by Nick Macfie

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